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The Unending Evolutionary Trend Of Mobile Phone Technology In Nigeria


Few years back, Nigerians knew no GSM mobile phones. Nitel was the King of that Era, Cables everywhere on poles connecting this network to houses, offices and businesses, without that you are sure of communication black out. In this light, Nigerians lived with expensive and less affordable connectivity, only the rich or high earning middle class could afford.


A sudden change was observed, that Era ended and mobile phones came into Nigeria, obviously the funeral of Nitel and an end to poorly managed communication and since then Nigerians can't just live without Phones and It's technology.
GSM Mobile phones were first observed as a thing of the rich, prices were too high, even with the high value of naira then, a Mobile phone without Internet connection, Very limited memory, and a black and white screen or Maybe blue could go for as much as N400 000 and a Network SIM for prepaid users Could go for N80000-N120000. Till today, Nigerians will agree prices of phones those days were outrageous and unaffordable for most Nigerians.


Things Got better, competition grew bigger and GSM phones grew cheaper, makes like Samsung, Panasonic, Sagem and Nokia brought up more models and before we said "Jack Robinson" competition brought prices down to N80000 then N20000, then a lot cheaper, more companies saw Nigeria as a potential Market and that Made the difference.
Nokia grew bigger in Nigeria than any other due to durability and battery life which were the only criteria for selecting a good phone, though Samsung, Sony Ericsson and many others still existed, they lived in the shadow of their start.

Many trends have been observed during those years, this were  the flip phones, slide phones, Music phones which in Nokia was the "Expression Music",  phones made only for gaming purposes "The Nokia Engage", phones made for TV only "The Nokia DSTV Mobile",
China makes then entered the country, increasing the competition and with cheap and inferior phones, most of which could not work without a M-card. It stole the heart of Nigerians with their two Sim provisions, loud Speakers and Poorly made TV features, Battery, with very affordable price, taking the market away from the Big makes like Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson.


At this point Nokia bounced back with their Series of Symbian makes which also included the N-series E-series and their Classic Java series. The Market became Nokia's till Blackberry came in with their BBM Chat package and stole it all away. Nokia and Black berry now introduced us to what I term "The Phone Spec Era" that was the Bomb.
From then on, if you phone speculation wasn't up to standard then it couldn't compete, Blackberry took it all away, starting from Pearl porch, touch, Storm, less heavy as compared to Nokia, Large screen size, Camera pixels, but failed in battery life which made many Nigerians hold on to Nokia Symbian makes as it were the only ones closely matched with Blackberry makes.


The Android Era changed it all, Techno which came initially with those Inferior Chinese makes, Sony Ericsson, Infinix, Samsung with few other makes came in with this Google Android 2.3 platform taking it all from Nokia and Blackberry, the BBM wasn't enough to hold Blackberry in the Nigerian market, and Nokia in 2011 had made plans to port from the Symbian platform, sacking close to 2000 Symbian workers world wide, leaving few to work on their Nokia X packages.


Android has since taken over the Nigerian market with all the big makes joining in the trending android platform, only Nokia and blackberry keep trying with their New platforms to steal it away from Android bringing in Microsoft Windows platform to their phones starting from windows 8 to the now windows 10, though gradually gaining market and Blackberry with their  Z10, Q10, Passport and more but all this can't be compared to the Android platform which seem to have a permanent stay in the Nigerian market.


Android 7.1.1 Nougat which was released December 5th 2016 will soon be hitting Nigeria and you know what that is.

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